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Boundary Waters Guide Service

529 E. Sheridan St., Ely, MN 55731
218-343-7951
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Ranked #5 of 16 Activities in Ely
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Boundary Waters Guide Service provides professionally guided canoe trips and personalized canoe...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Boundary Waters Guide Service provides professionally guided canoe trips and personalized canoe trip outfitting so families and friends of all backgrounds and experience levels may enjoy the rejuvenating spirit of the outdoors in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've wanted to go to the Boundary Waters since I heard about from an Explorer Scout brother many decades ago. My husband isn't into outdoor adventure travel, and I called a number of places before finding Jason. The Women in the Wilderness trip that Jason has put together is perfect for women who want an adventure but may be uncertain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having not been to Ely and BWCA in about 20yrs I was excited about sharing the Northwoods experience with my wife and two sons (8 and 11y.o.). It was a tough, challenging, and sometimes arduous 5day/4night escape from modern day hustle and bustle, but well worth the trip. Jason at Boundary Waters Guide Service, and our guide for the 5... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you want a great BWCA experience, you should definite consider Boundary Waters Guide Service and Ely Outfitting Co. Based on many experiences with guides and outfitters worldwide, I give Boundary Waters Guide Service and Ely Outfitting Company two enthusiastic thumbs up. From pre-trip planning the post-trip debrief, the service was outstanding. From lake and campsite selection, to expert fishing... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We used the Boundary Waters Guide Service to outfit us and guide us on a three day two night camp trip in the boundary waters. We have five children ages 6-16, and plus we brought along my mother-in-law -- so the needs and interests were quite diverse! To add a little extra challenge, we keep strictly kosher, so the cooking... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My two grown sons and I had a wonderful trip. Canoe tripping in the comparative wilderness of the Boundary Waters was just as we had remembered it from the 1950's and 1980's in northern Ontario. The equipment, route selected, outfitting and guide service was excellent in all regards

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Independence, MN
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

As I told our guide, we are fortunate enough to have visited many well known vacation destinations throughout the U.S. and Europe. That being said, next to our honeymoon this was my favorite trip. The planning and outfitting was extraordinary. We ate like kings -- multi-course meals every night! Not a single detail was overlooked, which is probably why we... More 

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We have been to the BWCA many times, but didn't have time to organize a trip this year. We used Jason as an outfitter. We had perfect equipment for the trip and great food! Jason made every part of planning easy and fun, he even accommodated my food allergies. We highly recommend using this outfitter.

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Kansas City
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor, I contacted Jason, the owner of the service and booked a two night, three day guided trip for myself, a friend and my two kids ages 8 and 11. My kids have never been camping before, so I was a little worried that they would not have a good time in the wilderness. Jason... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

I used BWGS for a partial outfitting (canoe and shuttle only) but was treated as if we had used them for a full guide and outfitting trip. Jason took the time to review our planned route through the BWCA and also gave us great fishing tips/locations as this was the primary purpose of our trip. The canoe was high quality... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

This trip was the fulfillment of a long-term wish to canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It was a birthday present for my husband and I wanted everything to be just right. We chose Boundary Waters Guide Service based on TripAdvisor Reviews and we were not disappointed. Coming from Los Angeles, we needed a company that would listen to... More 

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